Radical Advice: Don’t Be a Zombie

Unbeing dead isn’t being alive. — E. E. Cummings

by Kyle Willis
by Kyle Willis

We stay busy.  We get distracted.  We tune out.

Subverting our needs.  Denying our desires.  Ignoring our longing.

Isn’t it frightening to think how much of our lives are spent asleep?  Will we remain unconscious about what is really important?

Are you walking around a little bit dead?

Stop.  Tune in.
Look with curiosity and kindness.
Pay attention to how you keep parts of yourself dead.

It’s perfectly normal to want to stay a little bit dead.  To want to shield ourselves from some discomfort or dissatisfaction.  I can think of the number of ways I prefer not to be present with reality.  I distract myself with not-so-quality television programming or my iPhone.  But what is the cost?

What is dying and needs to be cleared?
How can I be more present and awake in my everyday life?
What needs to come alive?

Make room for something new.  Commit to being more fully present and awake.  Move from simply being undead to being more alive.

Remind yourself of your desire to live with more passion and purpose.  Try one of these to get help you feel more alive:

Wear a vibrant color.  Red lipstick.  An orange dress.  A green sweater.

Beautify your surroundings.  Get fresh flowers.  Nurture a house plant.  Rearrange your art.

Nourish yourself.  Cook some spicy food.  Make a savory dish.  Invent something with seasonal and local ingredients.

Spend time outdoors.  Walk in the park.  Sit in the sun.  Visit with nature.

What does being more alive mean for you?  Please share!

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